Sounds Around Town in Clarksdale

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Clarksdale, Mississippi’s SOUNDS AROUND TOWN — small audience, small venue edition. Subject to change; call before you go. Important guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, etc. at

ONE NEW ‘SOUNDS’ UPDATE: From our friends at the Delta Blues Museum this morning, the DBM will temporarily close Wed., 3/18-Thurs., 4/2.

PERSONAL MESSAGE: As many of you know, one of my core Cat Head missions of the last 18 years has been to bring ‘live’ blues music to Clarksdale, Mississippi, as many nights a week as possible. Over 3 years ago, we hit 365 nights a year and maintained it till this week. Once our nation’s health crisis is over, we will get back to it. I just want to take a moment to thank all of the clubs, jukes, restaurants, musicians, bartenders/servers, door/sound personnel, local patrons and far-from-home tourists who make our music possible. Next time you go to a music venue, thank these folks and whenever you can afford it, please tip tip tip the band. And then wash your hands.

ECONOMIC CHALLENGES: In case the wifi in your safe room is on the fritz, we had to cancel next month’s Juke Joint Festival (press release at This is going to place a massive financial burden on those of us who cater to blues fans and tourists — from restaurants to retail, from clubs to hotels. Most of us have websites with some kind of merchandise. If you are so inclined, maybe heat up that credit card a bit this week. Also, go ahead and book a room for a blues weekend somewhere on down the line. We appreciate y’all.


“If you learn how to be patient, it’s a whole new world.” – jazzman David S. Ware.

“Life is what you make of it. You want to make it good; you can make it good. You want to make it bad; you can make it bad.” – bluesman L.C. Ulmer.

“Why limit ‘happy’ to an hour?” – W.C. Fields.

–Roger Stolle
Expedia (2019): “Clarksdale… Best place to escape to in Mississippi.”
Fodor’s Travel (2018): “Clarksdale… Best American music city that’s not Nashville.”
Delta Business Journal (2019): Juke Joint Fest… Best Festival 2018.”
Delta Business Journal (2019): Clarksdale White House… Best Bed & Breakfast 2018.”

MONDAYS always Hopson Commissary at 6PM and Bluesberry Cafe at 8PM
TUESDAYS always Hambone Gallery at 8PM
WEDNESDAYS always GZBC and Red’s Lounge at 8PM
THURSDAYS always GZBC and sometimes Red’s Lounge at 8PM
FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS multiple venues.
SUNDAYS always Bluesberry in the morning at 10AM, Levon’s in the afternoon 3:30-6:30PM, Hooker Grocery & Eatery from 5:00-7:00PM and Red’s Lounge at 7PM
Plus more pop up from week to week!

 ⬇︎ Want to know what to expect when you come here? ⬇︎ 



Link includes Clarksdale Live Music Venues Guide
Top 10 Juke Joint Rules
Top 10 Things To Do in Clarksdale
and more.


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The Clarksdale White House. Photo by Rory Doyle

The Clarksdale White House. Photo by Rory Doyle. Top 10 Things to do in Clarksdale. Photo by Rory Doyle

Past Home Concert with Caleb Elliott and Kimi Samson

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Sounds Around Town in Clarksdale - Stay at the Delta Bohemian Guest House

Sounds Around Town in Clarksdale – Stay at the Delta Bohemian Guest House


Sounds Around Town ad courtesy of First National Bank in Clarksdale. Design from Nan Pharr of Pharr Bros Advertising in Clarksdale. Thank you, Roger Stolle, for producing this Sounds Around Town for our locals and visitors.



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  1. Ola Kristofersson says:

    I was in Clarksdale for some days in November. Stayed at the Shack Up Inn .
    I enjoyed the stay and Clarksdale enormously, music, people, The Delta Blues Museum………

    Will be back.

    Ola from Sweden

    • Thanks for commenting, Ola. We are glad you enjoyed yourself here. You must come back to Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta again!! Thanks for reading the DB, too. 😉

    • Ola, thank you for making Clarksdale a destination during your travels in the South and thank you for taking the time to share that with our readers and us. Please come back soon!

      P.S. The Swedish Ambassador and his family stayed in our Delta Bohemian Guest House recently. They felt right at home….the curtains are made with linen fabric from Sweden! 🙂

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